#6 – JUST IN – I Get My First News Paper Column!

3 Jan

I am getting my New Year off to a great start! I am really excited to tell you that I got a monthly column in a local news paper! Sorry I waited to tell you, but I wanted it to be published online before saying anything AND it was just published!! I met Michelle Buono, the Content Coordinator of the Upper Bucks Free Press, at a book signing I went to and she asked to talk with me after I got done interviewing the author (Wynne Marshall author of The Tree Monkeys) that the book signing was for. I was kind of nervous to talk to Ms. Buono, but she was really nice and said that I “impressed” her with my interview and she asked me to submit something to her newspaper! Then, after Ms. Buono talked to her editor, they asked me to send in an article every month! I decided that I should submit my interview with Mrs. Marshall as my first article because she is a local author and I think I will try to write about local authors and book events for the paper (unless there is some huge event going on). You can see my very first article at the Upper Bucks Free Press website by clicking HERE (it’s the January 2012 issue -page 16 and there is a write-up about me being a new contributor on page 15 😉 ).

Thanks for letting me share AND for taking the time to read my blog! Now I’m going to bed 😉 Zzzz

45 Responses to “#6 – JUST IN – I Get My First News Paper Column!”

  1. Deborah Fillman January 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Congratulations Eric! Way to go!!


  2. elizabethannewrites January 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Erik! I am so excited, and so proud of you! This is incredibly, totally cool.


  3. Michelle Isenhoff January 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Erik, this is so COOL!! Can I get your autograph? 😉 Way to go!


  4. Cheryl Price Costella January 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Awesome job!!!! Can’t wait to read the next one!


  5. Lynn January 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Erik, you are on your way to ‘famous’! Atta boy! I am so proud of you and happy that we are writing friends. 🙂
    I just read the lovely write-up introducing you, and then I read your great article. You have every reason to be excited! Congratulations!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      Thank you! I wasn’t real sure if I could do it, but I figured I should try and I am going to try my best. Ms. Buono said I can use the posts on my blog, so that will make it easier (I think the picture book thing is going to be a lot harder but I’m going to try! 🙂 ). Thanks again!


  6. Shelly January 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Awesome news Erik! Great way to start 2012!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      Thank you Mrs. Plumb! I have my copy of “The Mighty Miss Malone” pre-ordered! Can’t wait to meet Mr. Curtis!


  7. cravevsworld January 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm #



  8. Patricia Tilton January 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Congratulations Erik for getting your first newspaper column. An article a month, should be fun. I was a journaist and wrote for three newspapers. There’s a lot for you to write about from a kids perspective! You are on your way!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:33 am #

      WOW! You wrote for 3 Newspapers?? That’s so COOL! What did you write about? I am really thankful for the opportunity I have with the Upper Bucks Free Press!


      • Patricia Tilton January 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

        Started as rooky reporter covering the police/fire beats, the courts and writing features. Even had a column. But, my love was public affairs reporting and focusing on social isses like child abuse, drug abuse, migrant workers and the Migrant Rest Center, prison reform etc. I also wrote in the political arena. Some of my fun feature stories: Spangler’s Candy factory that makes candy canes, and Ohio Arts, that created the Etch-a-sketch.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks January 5, 2012 at 7:33 am #

        That’s cool Mrs. Tilton! I’ve never heard of Spangler’s Candy factory and Ohio Arts before. I’ll Google them! 🙂


  9. Patricia Tilton January 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Erik, posted too soon. Just read the newspaper article about you and your first review on page 16. You did an outstanding job! Very professional!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      Thank you! I was nervous when Ms. Buono “interviewed” me 😉


      • Patricia Tilton January 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

        My guess is that you weren’t as nervous when you interviewed Mrs. Mashall about her book!.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks January 5, 2012 at 7:37 am #

        I was nervous probably because I’m used to ASKING the questions, not ANSWERING the questions! 😉


  10. Erik's Dad January 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Way to go Buddy. Keep up the good work. Can you work a picture of me in next month? Dad


  11. Caroline January 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Awesome news Erik! You are the perfect fit for a column about books and reading. Congrats! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:41 am #

      Thank you! I do like writing and reading about books AND meeting authors and other nice people who like books 🙂


  12. Bjorn January 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Nicely done, Erik!


  13. cookiejarprincess January 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Wow, Erik, that is wonderful! Congratulations, I’m proud of you!


  14. Darshana January 4, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    congratulations! that is awesome news. you must be psyched. have fun with it!


  15. Anonymous January 4, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Wow! Congratulations Erik! Remember us when you get really famous and can I have your autograph! Please…lol. Your a cool dude!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      Thank you! I didn’t think about being famous…I am just really suprised (and happy) a newspaper wanted me to write for them 😉 Thanks again!


  16. patientdreamer January 4, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    WOW! Congratulations Erick! That’s awesome. Unfortunately I can’t get the link. It doesn’t work for me. But I am very happy for you.


  17. Susanna Leonard Hill January 4, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Congratulations, Erik! How exciting! This is great news! I’m going over right now to the link 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 4, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you! I know doing PPBF and your contests have helped me write better! In fact the article I put in the paper was my edited post for PPBF!! 😉


  18. Timothy Davis January 4, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Congratulations, Erik! Very enterprising, and it sounds like fun!


  19. Joanne Fritz January 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Congrats, Erik! That is so cool! I write book reviews for a local paper too. It’s a lot of fun.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 5, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      Thanks! It’s cool that YOU write reviews for a local paper! Which one? I can’t wait until next month! 😉


  20. Stacy S. Jensen (@StacySJensen) January 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Congratulations Erik. I was happy to read your news (the other night … took me a little bit to stop by). I began my newspaper career in high school with a weekly column. Sounds like a great opportunity for you and the newspaper!


  21. glittergirl15 January 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Wow congrats! Sorry I’m commenting a little late but i haven’t been on you’re (amazing) blog in quite a while. Looks like I missed quite a bit
    ❤ Kenya


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